A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as mobile phones.
The 39-year-old applicant, Marine Richard, hailed the ruling a ‘breakthrough’ for people afflicted by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).
The condition is not recognised as a medical disorder in most countries, including France, but sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, wifi routers, televisions and other gadgets cause them anything from mild discomfort to life-ruining disability.
Scientific studies have found no evidence linking electromagnetic exposure to the symptoms – tingling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, or palpitations.
Richard, a former radio producer, lives a reclusive life in the mountains of southwest France, in a renovated barn without electricity, and drinking water from the well.
In a ruling last month, a court in the southern city of Toulouse decided she can claim a disability allowance – about 800 euros ($A1280) per month – for a period of three years.
The ruling accepted that Richard’s symptoms prevent her from working, but stopped short of recognising EHS as an illness.
Her lawyer Alice Terrasse said the decision could set a legal precedent for ‘thousands of people’ concerned.
‘It’s a breakthrough,’ Richard added.
The World Health Organisation lists EHS as a condition, but says there is ‘no scientific basis’ for linking the symptoms to electromagnetic exposure.
Sweden and Germany have classified it as an occupational disease.
Via: Sky News